The story – Amar Kaul (Vinay Pathak) is a 37 year old unmarried accounts manager, leading a very dull and routine life which includes making a to – do list daily comprising of all the boring chores. But his world comes crashing when he comes to know that he has stomach cancer and has only 3 months to live. His inner self and a stranger (Ranvir Shorey) inspire him to live life fully and to do things he has always wanted to do before dying. So Amar make a list of ten things he wants to do before dying and the movie is about whether and how he accomplishes those before 3 months are up.
The actors – I had loved the movie Bheja Fry and Vinay Pathak had shown potential in him with his acting. So I was looking forward to Dasvidaniya and he didn’t let me down. He has done justice to the character and the various emotions Amar goes through; sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes reflective. He has been well supported by Sarita Joshi (Amar’s mom), Gaurav Gera (Amar’s Brother) and Rajat Kapoor (Amar’s friend). Neha Dhupia seems out of place for such a simple unglamorous movie. The director could have used a more suitable actress. Manoylo Svitlana gives the Russian angle to the movie (Dasvidaniya means goodbye in Russian).
The movie – When one knows about his impending death, either he can mope away to glory or he can live his last days to their fullest. Amar chooses the latter. Its an emotional movie with some very good scenes like when Amar says I love you to the girl he has loved since childhood. It brought tears to my eyes which is a rare feat for any Bollywood movie. The movie is said to be inspired from the Hollywood movie “The Bucket List“. But as I haven’t seen that one, I cant judge which one is better. The movie does have some good one liners and nice portrayal of characters like Amar’s overbearing boss or his little deaf caring tv-serial loving mother who scolds. Music is nice too. Kailash Kher has sung the Mumma track really well. The movie made me think about my list of things to do before I die. I also wondered whether the act of doing things which you have always wanted to do before dying, does really prepare you for death? Overall a good movie and worth watching at least once. The movie made ME weep; so all those emotional and sentimental people out there, keep your box of tissues ready.
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